THE lockdown has left many people in need of a hair trim.

Following the government's latest announces easing of restrictions, hairdressers and salons are readying to open their doors again.

One barber looking forward to being able to welcome back customers from Saturday, July 4 is Dermot Costello at Desmond's Barber Shop on Greenfield Road, Dentons Green.

The business featured in the Star last year as it celebrated 60 years since it was launched.

Dermot has explained how things will work initially following the reopening as coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

An appointment system system has been set up as customers are able to book a haircut, with slots each half an hour.

There are also longer slots for families with 45 minutes for a 'dad and lad' and one hour for 'a dad and two lads'.

"For the pure safety of my customers that's the way I've done my appointment system," said Dermot, who took over the running of the shop from his dad Desmond in 1999.

Dermot has ripped out one of the chairs, with two in place two metres apart and a cleaning process will be undertaken between each appointment.

"The first three weeks after we shut down (in March) I took a chair out," said Dermot.

"I have a friend who has a barber shop in Italy, they'd shut down about four weeks earlier and I knew he was doing work on his shop, I knew it wasn't going to be the same.

"It's going to be a bit easier with the one metre rule but people have got to be careful.

"In between an appointment, I'll clean and spray the chair."

He added: "After three months I just want to get back and get on with it.

"When you come to have a haircut you want to have a laugh and it's still got to be a nice experience."